Harding baseball earns 1,000th victory

SEARCY (HardingSports.com) – Harding used a two-run fourth inning in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader with Union on Tuesday to earn a 3-1 victory, the 1,000th in the history of the Bison baseball program.

Union (7-17) won the first game of the doubleheader 15-5.

With the score tied at 1-1, junior Erin McCarver led off the fourth inning of game two with a single and moved to second on senior Paul Anzalone's sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Kyler Offenbacker tripled to right to score McCarver, and Offenbacker came home on senior Gabe Fyock's sacrifice fly to center.

It was all the offense Harding needed in game two. Redshirt freshman Zac Stewart started and went three innings. He allowed four hits and one earned run and left with the game tied. Redshirt freshman Alan Copeland (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief and earned the win. Sophomore Josh Spears and junior Bronson Smith each pitched a scoreless inning with Smith earning his team-leading sixth save.

Harding (16-11) had 10 hits in game two. Junior Jeremy Bohnett went 3-for-3 with a run. It was his first three-hit game of the season. McCarver and Offenbacker had two hits each.

Union starter Benjie Fesmire (2-1) suffered the loss in a complete game outing. He struck out five in six innings.

Union scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings of game one and had 15 hits in the game. Freshman Collin Campbell (2-1) took the loss for Harding. Union starter Cody Cunningham (1-3) went six innings and earned the win.

Harding had seven hits, with redshirt freshman John Chapman going 2-for-3 with a double.

Harding returns to Great American Conference action Friday and Saturday with a three-game series against Northwestern Oklahoma State.